"I cant believe they expect us to just sit and keep quiet!"
"I Know! It's horrible and intolerable. We must do something!"
"Join us in the fight for woman's rights!"
In the mid 1800's woman were treated as poorly as a slave. Though many didn't even feel badly treated until they saw the way slaves were handled, they noticed to many similarities. There were no laws keeping men from beating and outlawing woman's rights. Many woman became tired of being treated this way and began to stand up for themselves. They were tired of being called out and unequal. They were ready to take a step forward towards equality.
In 1840, two woman named Lucretia Mott and Elizabeth Cady Stanton met at a Anti-Slavery convention in London. At the Convention the woman were forced to sit behind a curtain and let the men do the talking. The two were outraged and pledged to do something about the injustices.
" I stand by you in this fight. I believe strongly that what you are doing is exactly what we need!"
" I support you completely!"
Not long after Stanton and Mott met, a young girl named Lucy Stone faced inequality also. When she went to Oberlin College and graduated, she was asked to give a speech. She was honored and overjoyed, but she herself was turned down. A man had to read the speech for her. She was outraged and wanted equality. Not long after this event a convention was scheduled by Mott and Stanton, who were prepared to fight for their rights!
Eight years after Stanton and Mott decided to hold a Convention the movement finally began. On July 19, 1948 around 300 woman and some men attended. The Convention was named the Seneca Falls Convention. The woman that attended protested the rights of woman and proposed the Declaration of Sentiments. Many woman there gave their own speeches too.
The people who attended the Convention worked hard to pass resolutions correcting the injustices. A ma named Fredrick Douglass attended the convention and felt strongly that both white and black woman, and men should have the right to vote. People were inspired by Douglass and more joined and agreed. After the Convention, more campaigns and conventions followed. Woman spoke and fought their way to equality. Slowly, progress was made.
By about 1850 woman could control their own land and and wages. Woman had the right to schedule divorce and some woman even created businesses and hospitals, welcoming more females. After decades woman finally earned the right to vote and still have that right today. These woman left so many strong legacy's behind. Woman are stronger, more independent and are even more educated. Woman today have more freedom and are finally living the reality that the woman before us sought!